Every Last Promise
By: Kristin Halbrook
Released: April 21, 2015
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Kayla saw something at
the party that she wasn't supposed to. But she hasn't told anyone. No
one knows the real story about what happened that night—about why Kayla
was driving the car that ran into a ditch after the party, about what
she saw in the hours leading up to the accident, and about the promise
she made to her friend Bean before she left for the summer. Now
Kayla's coming home for her senior year. If Kayla keeps quiet, she might
be able to get her old life back. If she tells the truth, she risks
losing everything—and everyone—she ever cared about. (Goodreads)
I liked Every Last Promise. It was a very realistic story about not knowing whether or not to speak up.
Every Last Promise is the story of Kayla who saw something at a party before she drove a car into the ditch. She still hasn't told anyone about what she saw or why she was in that car in the first place.
Kayla is a realistic and well developed character. She loves her friends and the town she has grown up in. She just wants things to be like they were before the night of the car accident. She always had this plan to stay in her town, but things are different now and she has to decide whether or not to do the right thing. Kayla isn't always a very likable character, but I'm not one to mind an unlikable character all that much though. In this case it really makes you take a step back and think about what the bigger picture regarding the decisions she makes.
I liked that the plot alternated between the present and the past. It helped move the story along and slowly revealed everything that happened the night of the accident. It also developed Kayla's love for her town. I just still feel like I wanted a bit more from this story though. I would have liked for some aspects of the story to have been slowed down and given the chance to develop more. I especially would have liked to see the side characters developed further because her friends all blurred together for me.
Overall I liked Every Last Promise. This book definitely made me question a lot. It was a realistic story about deciding between doing the right thing or staying quiet.